Seminar Title

Online -Is Your Internal Affairs Up To Current Standards? The Essentials For Setting Up An IA/OPS Operation

Dates of Events

06/23/2021 through 06/23/2021

Last Updated: 05/12/2021
Instructor(s): Lou Reiter
Course Registration Fee: $125
Instructor Bio
Lou Reiter currently is a police consultant. He offers three (3) separate professional services to the law enforcement community. He provides training to police groups in the high liability areas of use of force, emergency vehicle operations, high risk operations, investigations of citizen complaints, Internal Affairs procedures, investigation of critical incidents, and liability management. He will normally conduct 15-20 of these programs ranging from 2 hours to 5 days in length. The primary seminars are a 2-1/2 day program on Internal Affairs and Police Discipline and a 5 day program on investigation of police use of force incidents.

Each year, Lou also conducts an average of 5-10 agency management audits and liability assessments. These have been for state, county and municipal police operations. The size of these agencies has been from 3 persons to 39,000 employees. These audits allow him to be in police cars up to 100 hours each year. He has been a consultant on 8 U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, investigations of agencies involving patterns and practices of Constitutional violations. He was selected as a Federal Court monitor for the Consent Decree of Colln v. Ventura County Sheriff's Department, CA.

Lou provides litigation consultation to attorney firms involved in police civil actions. Since 1983, Lou has been retained in over 1100 such cases in nearly every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This has been on both sides of the table with approximately 60 percent being for plaintiffs.

Lou Reiter was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1961 to 1981. During that tenure he had 22 different assignments and rose through to ranks to retire as Deputy Chief of Police. About 70 percent of his time was spent in uniformed operations while the bulk of the remainder was in Internal Affairs, use of force review, training and personnel administration.

Lou has been published throughout his professional career. He was one of the principle researchers and authors of the 1973 Police Task Force Reportof the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Standards and Goals, where he authored the chapters on Internal Discipline, Training and Management-Employee Relations. Reiter has recently authored the 3rd Edition Law Enforcement Administrative Investigations guide: A Manual for Citizen Complaints, Administrative Investigations and Internal Affairs which will be provided to seminar participants.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Date: June 23, 2021
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm Eastern


Today, law enforcement is being challenged in its ability to investigate employee misconduct allegations. State legislation and local governing bodies are taking the Internal Affairs out of our hands and creating new investigative bodies in local government. State Legislatures are affecting licensing, bargaining rights and transparency of investigative results. The media is cashing in on this new mass of employee discipline information.
The integrity of our agency is the foundation of our license to reasonably and professionally police the community. The police are given Constitutional rights to use force upon and deprive a person’s liberty that no other group in America has been given. It’s our responsibility to ensure that our policing meets the legal, ethical and humane exercise of those rights. We effectively do that through policing ourselves. Police must police the police! If we fail, we relinquish that authority to someone outside our agency. We also have a duty to ensure that our employees are treated fairly, reasonably and with due regard to his/her rights. If we fail to fulfill this responsibility, no one in our community benefits.
This 2-hour webinar will address the essentials necessary to setup a reasonable and effective IA/OPS operation. It will delve into these seven (7) essential elements:
· Need for a unit or person
· Intake of complaints
· Investigative protocols
· Adjudication and discipline options
· Documentation
· Maintenance of investigative files
· Annual audit requirement.

PLEASE NOTE: You will receive an E-mail 1-3 days prior to the event that will include a link to join the training. Your registration for this online training will give you access to the live session, as well as 30 days of access to the recorded version of the training once the live session has ended.

Group Viewing Encouraged: Multiple attendees can view the training from one single location and each attendee can receive a certificate.

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